christopher is pleased to announce that two of our projects were recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) at the 17th annual A Midsummer Night’s Green & Community Leader Awards on July 17.

Alexandria Renew Administration Building

The Alexandria Renew Enterprises Environmental Center was awarded Innovative Project of the Year in the New Construction Category. AlexRenew was one of two winners in this category. The project involved construction of a state-of-the-art Nutrient Management Facility and related buildings on the west side of the AlexRenew campus. It was recognized for its truly innovative design disguises the 18-million-gallon Nutrient Management Facility underneath a new multi-purpose athletic field. The new facility allows AlexRenew to better manage the biological treatment process that removes nitrogen from wastewater. Large concrete holding tanks, a pump station, electrical facilities and an odor control system work in tandem to produce water that meets all environmental standards and helps in the effort to clean and renew the Chesapeake Bay.

Last year, the project became only the fifth project in Alexandria to ever receive a LEED Platinum certification. christopher provided civil engineering design, stormwater management and surveying services to the project. Other members of the team included Rust Orling Architecture, Vanderweil Engineers and Clark Construction.

Bridges and Briya Public Charter Schools Mamie D. Lee Campus

Photo by Studio27

The Bridges and Briya Public Charter Schools, Mamie D. Lee Campus was also awarded Innovative Project of the Year in the New Construction category. This project included the renovation of the former Mamie Lee public school into two public charter schools, The Briya Public Charter School and the Bridges Public Charter School. Briya Public Charter School provides a family literacy program, including adult education and early childhood education, as well as high school diplomas and workforce development classes. Bridges Public Charter School, is a special needs elementary school that will serves 400 students. Innovative design allows an integration between the two campuses, providing a full range of services for children attending the school and their families. Other features of the campus include a green roof, an interactive garden, multiple access points and ADA compliant bridges, stairs, ramps, pathways and landscaping.

The project holds a LEED Gold rating from the USGBC. christopher provided civil engineering, surveying and landscape planning services to Studio27 Architecture on this renovation.